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Event Review Safety Program

Quarterly IBT and Recurrent Ground School IBT – How and When it’s Paid

Ewwww, bedbugs are baaaaack.

Negotiations Update

Air Wisconsin –“Safety First” – Especially with Extensions

Hotel Committee Survey

DCA Ramp Construction Update

Jonathan Daniel McAbee Memorial Fund

ARW Pilots Back the PAC

Hotel Committee Update

ARW ‘Stache Contest

ARW MEC Elections

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Event Review Safety Program Update
By ARW ALPA

ALPA supports and continues to stress the importance of partnering with the Company to improve safety through programs such as the Event Review Safety Program, and enhancing process effectiveness by encouraging the use of ALPA resources such as our Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) personnel when the situation dictates. After an event ALPA is kept in the loop though our Central Air Safety Committee (CASC), and they receive notice of all event review calls and event debriefs. Feedback from line pilots is also taken directly to the Company for process improvement.

The Company has designated the Captain to be the single point of contact for the entire crew during the event review process. As such, it is imperative to discuss as a crew prior to an event review conference call whether any crewmember is not fit to continue flying after an event or has any concerns about continuing to fly that day. Moreover, any member of the crew may contact CIRP for assistance or an ALPA representative to discuss the event or concerns about continuing the trip.

After an “event,” because the human physiological condition “flight or fight” is built into each of us, you will have an adrenaline spike whenever you’re in an extremely stressful condition. This gives your body a spike in energy to make quick and accurate decisions. This has been a major key to the long term success of human survival. After the adrenaline wears off, you may feel fatigued, get the shakes, or feel overwhelmed. We know you would rather have this condition on the ground than mid-way through your next flight.

After you land and deplane, the Association recommends notifying the company that your crew will be taking at least a 30-minute break and that you will call them when you are ready to participate in an Event Review Call. Take the time you and your crew need to evaluate your fitness. The theory is that you will be in a better position to determine whether or not you are fit to continue after you have given yourself some time to decompress. Immediately after the event you may feel fine, however in 30 minutes (or 2 hours) you may not feel as good as you did. During this break, you should drink water, eat some food, and walk around the terminal to allow your body to return to its normal mode. Subsequently, the crew should debrief together prior to calling the company so that everyone is on the same page prior to discussing options with the company. If you are not fit to continue, advise the company and they will work with you to adjust your schedules and give you accommodations. If you chose to continue, but then later feel your energy is not good enough to finish the reminder of the day, tell the company, and do not try to finish your day.
Crews should assess their fitness and the overall circumstances before agreeing to continue because scientific research has shown that by the time a pilot realizes he or she is not fit for duty, he/she was in fact not fit for duty several hours prior and should have stopped flying at that point. Once you reach that point, your decision-making is impaired.

When you are ready for the Event Review Debrief, it is also recommended that Captains take a few minutes to consider the type of questions that may be asked on the crew debrief conference call and appropriate answers to accompany them. Always tell the truth and keep your answers short and to the point. Stick strictly to the facts and stay together as a crew during the call; this will enable the Captain to solicit feedback from other crewmembers. Lastly, remember that you are on a recorded line so always remain professional.

The CASC has advocated in the past that the company have a short list of predetermined events that qualify for automatic removal of a crew from duty, to both enhance safety and avoid liability. At this time however, the company exclusively puts the decision on whether to continue on the flight crews, and, like agreeing to a Part 117 extension, if
you are involved in an incident or accident expect to have your judgment thoroughly investigated and questioned. Of course, the company should expect their safety programs, policies, and practices to be scrutinized as well.

Here is the bottom line: the ARW MEC, CASC, and CIRP wants to stress to the pilot group that rushing into an Event Review Debrief may not be the most prudent action. Take time to decompress, and wait at least 30 minutes after deplaning prior to making any fit for flight decisions after you have had an incident requiring you to declare an emergency. Do not let FAR 117, Day 4 blues, or other pressures rush your decision-making process. You must remind yourself that the FAA has placed its trust in the judgment of the PIC to make the right call in the interests of safety.

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Quarterly IBT and Recurrent Ground School IBT – How and When it’s Paid
By Robert Thomas, Testing and Training Committee Chairman

Each month, the flight department sends a list to Payroll to account for the pilots who completed their IBT. Payroll will then process the list and make the appropriate adjustments to your paycheck.  

Quarterly IBT is paid at 1.875 hours on the 15th in the month following completion.  This is based upon 1 hour of pay for every 2 hours of FAA credit for the training module.  The current FAA credit per quarterly IBT is 3:45, hence the 1.875 pay credit.  Therefore, if you complete IBT in April, it will be reflected in your paycheck on May 15th.  Compensation for this Quarterly IBT is separate from guarantee.  Recurrent Ground School (RGS) IBT is 1 hour and 30 minutes (1.5 hours credit) and is paid on the first day of ground school and is therefore part of guarantee.

Ground school is calculated at 3:48 + 1:30 on Day 1 (RGS IBT) so Day 1 pays 5:18 and day 2 pays 3:48.  The Systems Validation test is part of the RGS IBT credit of 1.5 and is not paid separately.  This makes a total of 9:00 hours per year for IBT.  Within the quarter that you have RGS, a quarterly IBT is also due (1.875).

 

Individual Breakdown of Pay Credit:

-       DH to ground school = Full value of DH or 3.0 (whichever is greater) paid if pilot DH required

-       Each day of Short Term Training = 3:48 (3.8 pay credit) paid 1 time for each training day per year

-       Quarterly IBT Credit = 3:45 FAA credit (1.875 pay credit) paid 4 times per year

-       Recurrent Ground School IBT = 1:30 (1.5 hours credit) paid 1 time per year

 

For further information, please reference the CBA 11.I.4 or contact ARWTraining@ALPA.org with any questions.

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Ewwww, bedbugs are baaaack

By Kenneth Honneffer, ARW Hotel Chairman

ALPA and your Hotel Committee would like to remind crew members about the importance of bedbug safety during overnights.  The hotel committee fields an average of one bedbug incident claim per month.  Though every claim is taken seriously and professional inspections are performed, not all claims return positive exterminator inspection results.  The committee feels you should be aware of the volume of incidents involving crew members.  We have worked with the company to put together a few resources for your review.  

 

The first is a general employee awareness guide that can be referenced via the Employee Travel site on myairwis.  It outlines some basic knowledge regarding bedbugs and recommended procedures should you believe you have encountered bedbugs on your overnight.  

 

Next is a brief informational video that your Hotel Committee has put together with the help of ALPA.  It outlines a proper bedbug inspection that we recommend each crew member perform on his/her overnights (we certainly do!), as well as some common practices that will help ensure you do not end up with bedbugs in your luggage, or worse, your home.

Please take a few minutes to review the above resources. They could save you a lot of trouble should you encounter bedbugs in your hotel room.

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Negotiations Update

By Mark Lockwood, Negotiating Committee Chairman

We completed a week of mediation on April 18th in Arlington, Texas.  In attendance for ALPA were Mark Lockwood, Bob Burgess, Erik Johnson, David Holtzman, Victoria Fortuna and Cory Tennen.  In attendance for the Company were Joel Kuplack, Bob Frisch, Andrea Jensen, Sara Peters, Ed Leverton and Tina Vos.  Progress was made.  Sections in play were 12, 25, 27 and 28.  A TA was reached on Section 12. Please see the attached Section Status pdf for the status of all sections.

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Air Wisconsin – “Safety First” – Especially with Extensions
By ARW MEC

 

In case you missed it, the April 15 PDH included an article that focused on Part 117 extensions and what you should do or think about if you’re extended.

We have asked the FAA and they have been clear: A pilot does not need to be fatigued to decline concurrence of a 31-minute or greater extension under the new FAR 117 rules and is therefore not required to participate in the FRMP, nor should they be threatened or given discipline. The company’s practices are contrary to the intention of the rule, create a hostile work environment, and undermine the safety environment at this airline. To the Association’s knowledge, Air Wisconsin is the only airline engaging in this behavior.

The entire article is attached to this PDH.

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Hotel Committee Survey
By ARW Hotel Committee

The ARW Hotel Committee is conducting a crew hotel survey and would like your participation.  To take the survey, please click here.

 

The "ARW Hotel Committee Survey," will only take a couple of minutes to complete, does not require a login, and will provide valuable information that will guide the direction of the Hotel Committee when evaluating and selecting crew hotels.

 

Thank you for participating.

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DCA Ramp Construction Update
By Benjamin Grant, LEC49 Vice-Chairman

The DCA ramp construction is scheduled to start today Friday, April 25th, and be completed in mid-August. Construction will take a section of two to four spots out of use in three phases.

Phase 1 - I, J, K, L

Phase 2 - F, G, H

Phase 3 - B, C, D, E

Phase 4 - M, N

 

This process isn’t ideal for an efficient operation, but it is necessary to maintain proper ramp conditions. Crew members will become more essential in keeping the DCA Express operation running smoothly. Per Air Wisconsin and Piedmont, upon arrival, crews may be required to taxi airplanes directly to the Old Terminal or crews may be required to move an already parked airplane to a remote spot near the Old Terminal. These repositions will generally only occur during the hours of 0600-1100 and 1800-2300. Piedmont has made it clear to Air Wisconsin that they will try to avoid repositioning an aircraft at all costs.  The CRJ200 is approved for all four parking spots at the old terminal.

Listed below are Q and As regarding the changes in the operation and information YOU SHOULD KNOW. 

Are taxi repos part of my FDP?

Yes, all time spent taxiing the airplane is part of your FDP. (Reference ALPA Part 117 Q and A 34)

 

Does a repo count as a flight segment?

No, the airplane isn't being moved for the intention of flight, and thus isn't considered block.  (Reference ALPA Part 117 Q and A 39)

 

How will a crew gain company approval to taxi an airplane?

Per Air Wisconsin, if a crew is asked to taxi an airplane an ACARS message or phone call to scheduling will be sufficient to add the taxi to your schedule thus gaining approval for aircraft movement.

 

Will filling out a flight log be required?

No, the use of ACARS or a phone call will be sufficient to create the necessary data.  Please double check your schedule for proper times to ensure you are paid accordingly. 

 

Will the crews require marshallers in the holding areas to be parked?

Yes, a dedicated set of marshallers will be set up at the Old Terminal.

 

Will ready reserves be utilized to move airplanes?

Yes, if a crew is unable or unavailable to move an airplane, ready reserves will be utilized.

 

What is the average time a crew can expect to be remotely parked?

Crews should not be expected to taxi an airplane to the Old Terminal and sit for an extended amount of time i.e. 30 minutes or greater.  If you find yourself in that position, communicate with operations and Air Wisconsin SOC to define their intentions and clarify their requests. 

 

Will crews have the opportunity to go inside for food and facility usage?

Yes, there will be a dedicated bus stopping at gate 35A, on the road near spot D, and then the south Old Terminal ramp.  The bus will be on a constant loop.  If you are scheduled to have a turn in DCA you may not know whether or not you will be repositioning an airplane until well after you park.  So, if able, plan your eating schedule accordingly.  If it is necessary to get food inside the terminal, then go get food.  Operations would prefer that the airplane be moved first to clear up a spot and then make a food run if necessary.

 

Please contact any of your ALPA reps or Air Wisconsin managers if you have questions, observations, or issues.  Communication will be key in the success of the operation, so speak up.  As always, keep your head on a swivel, fly safe, and fly the contract!

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Jonathan Daniel McAbee Memorial Fund
By ARW MEC

Yesterday April 30th, marked the one year anniversary of the loss of a consummate pilot, a respected colleague, a dedicated ALPA volunteer, and a friend to many within our pilot group.

This last year a memorial fund was established to remember Capt. Jonathan Daniel McAbee. Jonathan loved flying, and through this fund, his memory will live on. His brother, Brendan, set up the fund to support those who are working toward a career as an airline pilot. To date, almost $4,000 has been raised for this memorial fund.

To contribute to the
Jonathan Daniel McAbee Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit
http://gofundme.com/2tbgq8.

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ARW Pilots Back the PAC
By ARW MEC

One of the most effective ways ALPA pilots garner influence with the nation’s political community is through the ALPA Political Action Committee: ALPA-PAC. By pooling contributions from ALPA members, ALPA is able to help elect pro-pilot members of Congress who support the union’s legislative agenda—regardless of political affiliation. ALPA’s goal is to ensure a pro-pilot majority in the House and the Senate. ALPA-PAC also helps educate members of Congress about who we are, what issues are important to us, and how Congress’s decisions affect our lives.

ALPA-PAC is funded 100 percent by voluntary contributions from U.S. ALPA members. No dues money is used for political contributions. Every year, thousands of ALPA members demonstrate their commitment to the PAC and its goals through their contributions. Some give annual by personal check or credit card.

The following ARW pilots “Backed the PAC” in March 2014—for their future, for your future, and for the future of airline pilots. These pilots understand that the future of this industry and our careers will be won or lost on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.alpa.org/ALPAPAC.

 

Nicholas Chichester

Colin Gallagher

Brian Gambino

Aric Newsted

Richard Zaiman

Jared Armstrong

Mark Lockwood

Kristen Brown

Matthew Chadwick

Reed Donoghue

Kenneth Reinert

Christopher Suhs

Brendan Cantwell

Richard Swindell

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Hotel Committee Update
By Jeff Pruett, ARW MEC Vice Chairman

I had the privilege of being tapped by Hotel Committee Chairman Ken Honneffer and Member Laura Assia to inspect hotels in the ROC market on April 11, 2014 on behalf of ARW ALPA. The Air Wisconsin Strategic Sourcing Department stingily provided four hotels that they deemed “acceptable” for inspection on this date, the selection criteria based mostly on costs. ALPA, AFA, and the company agreed that only one of the inspected hotels on the schedule provided acceptable lodgings for flight crews-- the Radisson Rochester Riverside.

This hotel meets and exceeds the five filters that our Hotel Committee uncompromisingly strives to attain when selecting a hotel, which include Food, Fitness, Safety, Cleanliness, and Transportation. This previous Air Wisconsin crew hotel has been completely remodeled. The bus terminals located just outside this hotel were a safety concern of our flight crews in the past, and these terminals are being consolidated and moved to a separate building away from Main Street this June.

The amenities of this hotel include airport and business-to-business shuttle service (3 vans), onsite ATM, bell service and baggage storage, 24-hour Business Center, Dry cleaning and laundry service, state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Legends Sports Bar and Grille full-service restaurant and lounge (35% discount on menu items), Grab & Go Breakfast prior to restaurant opening (complimentary), Heated outdoor pool and sauna (open daily Memorial Day-Labor day, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.), High-speed, wireless Internet access (complimentary), Room service available daily, 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and vending and ice machines on every floor. In addition, 70 percent of the rooms for crews have both refrigerators and microwaves.

Restaurants within a five minute walk of the hotel include Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Subway, Dipsa Old World Submarines, Tim Horton’s, JJ and Henry’s Restaurant, Wintergarden Café, Christopher’s, Byblos Café, Hot Rositas, He’s Chines and Japanese Restaurant, Shirley’s Island Cuisine, Stock Exchange Restaurant, Galleria Pizza, Java Joe’s by Boulder Coffee, Grill and Greens, River Club and State Street Bar and Grille, Scene on Main, and Panini’s Restaurant. There are many other restaurants located with 5 miles of the hotel.

The Radisson Rochester Riverside is located along the Genesee River, and is directly adjacent to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, and offers easy access to attractions like the Blue Cross Arena and the Strong Museum.

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ARW ‘Stache Contest Underway
By Ken Reinert, Communications Committee Chairman

 

The editors of the Wiss-key are conducting a ’stache contest for all Air Wisconsin pilots. There will be prizes awarded for the best ’staches in a number of categories, and you have from now until May 31, 2014, to take your best before and after ’stache photo and send it in to ARWCommunications@alpa.org for judging by a secret and impartial panel.

 

Rules, judging details, award categories and contest tips are included on pages 48 and 49 in the Winter/Spring issue of the Wiss-key, which are attached to this PDH.

 

Winners will be announced, and all photos published in the next edition of the Wiss-key. ’STACHE IT UP!

 

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ARW MEC Election Notice
By ARW MEC

MEC officer elections will be held during the ARW regular MEC meeting in YUL May 27–29, 2014. Officers, including the chairman, vice chairman and secretary-treasurer, are elected to two-year terms. Our officers’ current terms are set to expire on Aug. 24. Officers who are elected at the MEC meeting will begin their terms on Aug. 25.

These elections are being held in accordance with the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws and ARW MEC Policy Manual. Under the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws, an MEC must hold an in-person meeting to elect its officers within a 90-day period prior to the end of the current officers’ terms. Additionally, the ARW MEC Policy Manual states that the term of office of all ARW MEC standing committees (all committee chairmen and members) shall be concurrent with the term of the MEC chairman.

There are two exceptions to this rule—the Negotiating and the Retirement and Insurance (R&I) committees. Negotiating Committee members are elected by the MEC and remain in their positions until and unless a member resigns from the committee or a majority of the MEC resolves to make a change to all or part of the committee. The R&I Committee chairman has a one-year term beginning July 29. Other members of this committee have a three-year term that begins July 29, with a different member up for election each year. At this MEC meeting, one R&I Committee position will be up for election, with a term ending July 28, 2017.

Each member of the MEC has the privilege of nominating one candidate for each MEC officer position to be filled. It is the responsibility of that member to ensure his nominee’s willingness to serve. Interested MEC officer candidates should contact their LEC representative or another member of the MEC (i.e., Matthew Chadwick, Ben Grant, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher), to secure a nomination and discuss the position.

Furthermore, after securing a nomination for a MEC officer position, candidates should continue to garner support from the other MEC members by contacting each member individually. ALPA flight pay loss will not be authorizes for this meeting, although hotel and expenses shall be authorized, as necessary, for such candidates. Candidates unable to attend the meeting will be given a reasonable opportunity to appear before the MEC via conference call prior to conducting the election.

The MEC appreciates and is indebted to the work, efforts, and accomplishments of all our volunteers. We also encourage all members in good standing to contact us if they are interested in applying for an officer or committee position. Please e-mail your preference and qualifications to ARWMEC@alpa.org. If you do not have a preference but are interested in volunteering, please let us know; there are a lot of volunteer opportunities within our union, and we will work to find a position that suits your interests.

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2014 DATES

May 13

FFD Group Meeting in IAD

May 14-15

ALPA Executive Board Meeting in IAD

May 26-29

MEC Meeting in YUL

May 27-28

2014 ALPA Legislative Summit in D.C.

June 3-5

FFD Group Meeting in IAD

Aug. 4-7

ALPA Air Safety Week in D.C.

Oct. 11-17

MEC Meeting in FLL

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting in FLL

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